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November 18, 2009

Dalit Christians are victims of discrimination with in the Church

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In view of the forthcoming winter session of Parliament several church organizations are planning to held a demonstration at the Jantar Mantar on 19 th November . While agreeing with the broader objectives the Poor Christian Liberation Movement is of the opinion that the Church authorities in India have not done justice to the marginalised Christians.

 

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The “Poor Christian Liberation Movement” PCLM President RL Francis stated that several Dalits have embraced Christianity for better and equal treatment but the despite conversion their conditions have not changed. The Dalit Christians are still victims of discrimination with in the Church.

The PCLM pointed out that Dalits or the socially underprivileged questions the church leadership for demanding special treatment for them they are treated badly Stating that Dalit Christians accounted for nearly 70 percent of India ’s Christian population, the PCLM, a Christian organization, accused high caste Christians of exploiting them.

The church leadership ‘exploit the poverty and unemployment” among the Dalits to convert them to Christianity. The Church bodies are demanding reservation from the Government but in their own institutions are neglecting and ill treating the Christians of Dalit background. Some all India Christian leaders are minting money from abroad in the name of demonstrations etc. “Let the Church in India make 50 % job reservation for Dalit Christians in their institutions and then go to government for relief” said the PCLM President R L Francis in a press statement.

“But despite a wide network of (Christian) missionary schools and colleges, most of Dalit Christians are illiterate and living in utter poverty because the convent schools are busy catering to the educational needs of rich and high caste people”, the statement further mentioned.

“Same is the case with job opportunities and entrepreneurship development. Dalit Christians are being denied all these facilities while the church leadership continues to flourish by usurping vast foreign funding and real estate resources,” Francis charged.

Source : Orissa Diary

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October 6, 2009

Adolf Hitler – A Christian?

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This is compiled by Jim Walker and is available here.

Through subterfuge and concealment, many of today’s Church leaders and faithful Christians have camouflaged the Christianity of Adolf Hitler and have attempted to mark him an atheist, a pagan cult worshipper, or a false Christian. However, from the earliest formation of the Nazi party and throughout the period of conquest and growth, Hitler expressed his Christian support to the German citizenry and soldiers. In the 1920s, Hitler’s German Workers’ Party (pre Nazi term) adopted a “Programme” with twenty-five points (the Nazi version of a constitution). In point twenty-four, their intent clearly demonstrates, from the very beginning, their stand in favor of a “positive” Christianity:

Adolf Hitler on his 50th B'day

Adolf Hitler on his 50th B'day - Image Courtesy : Telegraph.co.uk

We demand liberty for all religious denominations in the State, so far as they are not a danger to it and do not militate against the morality and moral sense of the German race. The Party, as such, stands for positive Christianity, but does not bind itself in the matter of creed to any particular confession. It combats the Jewish-materialist spirit within and without us, and is convinced that our nation can achieve permanent health from within only on the principle: the common interest before self-interest.

Hitler’s speeches and proclamations, even more clearly, reveal his faith and feelings toward a Christianized Germany. Nazism presents an embarrassment to Christianity and demonstrates the danger of faith. The following words from Hitler show his disdain for atheism, and pagan cults, and reveals the strength of his Christian feelings:

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September 24, 2009

Dancing Jesus!!

Filed under: Christianity,Evangelists — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Dancing Jesus illustration in The New Community Bible published by The Bombay St. Paul’s Society, 2008, and released by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India. The “Indian Bible” as it is called, contains invented and interpolated phrases such as “he will dance with songs of joy for you” for Zephaniah 3:17, and numerous quotations from the Vedas, Upanishads, and Puranas. The vedic and puranic slokas are described as sourced from “Indian Scriptures”, not Hindu Scriptures.

Dancing Jesus

Dancing Jesus

The newfangled Bible has been strongly condemned by Hindus in India and abroad, and by many Christians in India who regard it as blasphemous. It is designed to subvert and subsume the Hindu scriptures to the Christian scriptures, and assist in the mission of “fulfilling” Hinduism in the “saving truth” of Jesus Christ.

The Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram Sri Jayendra Saraswati made special mention of the Indian Bible to the Vatican’s representative Cardinal Jean-Louis Pierre Tauran at a private interfaith meeting in Mumbai on June 12, 2009. He demanded that the Indian Bible be withdrawn and that the Catholic Church cease and desist from further use and abuse of Hindu dress, scriptures, symbols, and rituals.

He also demanded that the Catholic Church give up its mission to convert Hindus to Christianity, and that a firm commitment to this end be given to Hindus by the Vatican even as a similar commitment to stop evangelizing Jews was given to the Chief Rabbi of Israel by Pope Benedict XVI in Jerusalem on May 12, 2009.

See also these articles from Vigil Online:

Kanchi Acharya at interfaith dialogue with Vatican in Mumbai

Vatican surrenders right to convert Jews

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New Indian bible draws fire over Hindu references

August 24, 2009

Conversion attempt by missionaries

Filed under: Christianity,Evangelists,USA — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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One of my friend’s relative was lured by the missionaries and got converted into Christianity.Now he stopped coming home and demanding other family members also to convert!What a change?This thing might have happened to many.Everyone in his/her lifetime sometime or other might have been approached by these vendors.

A nice video from youtube shows how an young girl, Saraswati handles two of her friends who apparently trying to convert her.Very informative and funny video indeed!

June 26, 2009

New prayer groups spread abhorrence for Hinduism: Catholic Church

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The Catholic Church in Kerala has called on its flock to keep away from some of the new mass prayer movements that promise
miracles. The warning issued in the form of a pastoral letter also blames these sects of spreading abhorrence for Hinduism.
“They teach that evil spirits would come to us if we use some kinds of flowers, pictures of elephants or peacock, lamps or `mangalsutra’. They are spreading the message that by using things which other religions consider sacred, the sins would also come to the user. All this show only their abhorrence for Hindu religion,” says the letter signed among others by Kerala Catholic Bishop Council president Daniel Acharuparambil and president ofthe Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.
It says though the Catholic Church preaches only Jesus, it does not disregard what is true or divine in other religions. The Bible even teaches to treat other religions with respect, the letter adds.
The Catholic Church has its own mass prayer movements and these had played a significant role in reviving faith in the Bible, it said. However, the new groups were flouting all prescribed rules on interpreting the Bible, the state council charged.
Naming at least seven such sects in the state, the letter called on the clergy to ensure that they did not mislead the laity. Those who claim that they have had revelations or could cure diseases through miracle should be assessed logically, it added.
The letter evoked sharp response from the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) which termed it as a “desperate act” by the Catholic Church to stem the loss of its flock. “Large number of Catholics are leaving for other new-life sects and this was worrying them as their very existence is in danger, said IPC president K M Joseph. “We only preach the gospel. The accusation against us is only an attempt to confuse the Hindus.”

The Catholic Church in Kerala has called on its flock to keep away from some of the new mass prayer movements that promise miracles. The warning issued in the form of a pastoral letter also blames these sects of spreading abhorrence for Hinduism.

“They teach that evil spirits would come to us if we use some kinds of flowers, pictures of elephants or peacock, lamps or `mangalsutra’. They are spreading the message that by using things which other religions consider sacred, the sins would also come to the user. All this show only their abhorrence for Hindu religion,” says the letter signed among others by Kerala Catholic Bishop Council president Daniel Acharuparambil and president ofthe Catholic Bishops Conference of India Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil.

It says though the Catholic Church preaches only Jesus, it does not disregard what is true or divine in other religions. The Bible even teaches to treat other religions with respect, the letter adds.

The Catholic Church has its own mass prayer movements and these had played a significant role in reviving faith in the Bible, it said. However, the new groups were flouting all prescribed rules on interpreting the Bible, the state council charged.

Naming at least seven such sects in the state, the letter called on the clergy to ensure that they did not mislead the laity. Those who claim that they have had revelations or could cure diseases through miracle should be assessed logically, it added.

The letter evoked sharp response from the Indian Pentecostal Church (IPC) which termed it as a “desperate act” by the Catholic Church to stem the loss of its flock. “Large number of Catholics are leaving for other new-life sects and this was worrying them as their very existence is in danger, said IPC president K M Joseph. “We only preach the gospel. The accusation against us is only an attempt to confuse the Hindus.”

Source: TOI

June 13, 2009

Hinduism and Christianity: A Comparative View – Part 1

This informative article on Hinduism and Christianity by Dr.David Frawley of American Institute of Vedic Studies gives the detailed information on various sects of Christianity.

Hindus seldom study other religions properly and often have naïve or simplistic ideas about them. This is particularly true in regard to Christianity, which a number of Hindus idealize for various reasons that are not always correct.
In this regard it is important to take a deeper look at Christianity and its different branches. Christianity is not a monolithic block. There are several distinct groups within Christianity that relate to Hinduism in different ways. Most importantly, there are many people born in Christian countries that are only nominally Christian and may be receptive to the teachings of Hindu Dharma if these are explained to them properly. Hindus should be able to identify these people and should seek to work more closely with them.
First let us examine the different types of Christians. Most Hindus, particularly in India, tend to identify Christianity overall with Catholicism as they have been more exposed to the Catholic form of Christianity which runs many schools in India. Catholics, however, are only one major group of Christians, with Eastern Orthodox Christians and Protestants being the other two. Yet even these groups have differences within themselves.

Hindus seldom study other religions properly and often have naïve or simplistic ideas about them. This is particularly true in regard to Christianity, which a number of Hindus idealize for various reasons that are not always correct.

In this regard it is important to take a deeper look at Christianity and its different branches. Christianity is not a monolithic block. There are several distinct groups within Christianity that relate to Hinduism in different ways. Most importantly, there are many people born in Christian countries that are only nominally Christian and may be receptive to the teachings of Hindu Dharma if these are explained to them properly. Hindus should be able to identify these people and should seek to work more closely with them.

First let us examine the different types of Christians. Most Hindus, particularly in India, tend to identify Christianity overall with Catholicism as they have been more exposed to the Catholic form of Christianity which runs many schools in India. Catholics, however, are only one major group of Christians, with Eastern Orthodox Christians and Protestants being the other two. Yet even these groups have differences within themselves.

Catholic Christianity

Catholic Christianity operates many charities in India, which is largely a hold over from the colonial era, and many Hindus go to Catholic (Christian) schools and are taught by nuns. This makes Hindus overall sympathetic to Catholicism and even defensive about it. However, we should remember that to date the Catholic Church through its main leaders starting with the pope is not sympathetic to Hinduism and has made a firm pillar of its agenda for the coming thousand years, the conversion of Hindus.

The Catholic Church generally projects a negative and distorted view of Hindu Dharma as primitive and polytheistic. It presents itself overall as the only true faith, not accepting Hindu Dharma as a valid spiritual path. In fact, the Catholic Church does not recognize any non-Christian traditions as valid, whether the Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, or Pagan groups. Yet Catholicism additionally projects itself as only true Christian faith, as recent papal dictates indicate, criticizing non-Catholics as not being true or complete Christians or as having a valid path to salvation.

This means Hindus should not approach Catholicism uncritically or consider the Catholic Church somehow a friend or ally. The Catholic Church continues an anti-Hindu agenda to convert Hindus, though it has softened its rhetoric in light of modern political necessity and global communication. Individual Catholics, particularly in India, may be more open to Hinduism but we must remember that they do not represent the church overall or determine its policies.

Eastern Orthodox Christianity

The oldest form of Christianity is not the western European Catholic form, which Hindus tend to believe, but rather the Eastern Orthodox churches, of which there are many like the Greek Orthodox and Russian Orthodox. Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian churches are primarily of this type. The Syrian Christianity that has long existed in India was originally of this type, though it has taken on other elements.

Catholic Christianity, in spite of its claims to be the original Christianity going back to St. Peter, slowly emerged after the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century and only became a distinct force by the time of the emperor Charlemagne in the ninth century. The Roman Empire shifted east to Constantinople in the fourth century, which became not only the center of the Roman Empire but that of early Christianity. For example, if one goes to Jerusalem, one finds that all the older churches there are Greek Orthodox. There are no Catholic Churches there dating from before the time of the Crusades.

The Eastern Orthodox churches are yet more mystically inclined than the Catholic Church and, most importantly, do not engage in proselytizing and have no real agenda to convert India or Hindus. Eastern orthodox Christians criticize the conversion efforts of Catholics or Protestants which are now directed at them as well.

This does not mean that Eastern Orthodox Christians necessarily have a favorable view of Hinduism. They often have the same negative and denigrating views as other Christians. The Russian Orthodox Church, for example, has tried to prevent Hindu groups from getting recognition in Russia. But Eastern Orthodox churches do not pose any real challenge for Hinduism in India, by way of conversion activities. And their members may be more receptive to Hindu spiritual teachings.

Protestant Groups

Both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches use images in worship and have saints and mystics, in which Hindus find some parallels to their own forms of practice. However, the Protestant traditions, which date from the time of the Reformation (sixteenth century), strictly forbid the use of images. They do not accept the role of the Madonna and dismiss Mary as no more than the human mother of Jesus. They reject the mass, the role of saints, and much of what Hindus think that all Christians follow and believe. The original Protestants destroyed Catholic Churches along with their images, and taught that the pope was in league with the devil. While Protestant Christianity has softened a great deal over time, it does not have much affinity with Hindu Dharma and its rich symbolism and yogic practices.

May 20, 2009

Churches are responsible for the pathetic condition of Dalit Christians

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Mr. R.L. Francis is the National President of the Dalit Christians organization known as ‘Poor Christian Liberation Movement’ (PCLM). On May 2, 2009, in Bhopal, Mr. R.L. Francis along with his companions, Rev. Fr. William Premdass Chaudhary and Mr. P.B. Lomeo (Editor of the Church Restoration, Bhopal, Monthly) toured to the Christians colonies in Bhopal and listened and discussed local / Dalit Christians’ problems. Mr. Francis says that the churches are responsible for the pathetic condition for Dalit Christians in India. 

Mr. Francis says that church authorities are spending crores of rupees in order to spread their kingdom through preaching. There are around two hundred (200) catholic dioceses, in India, which follow rules and regulation of Vatican and in the coming of fifty years (50) there will be more dioceses in India. Mr. Francis says that if Catholic Church spends more money for the development and enlistment rather than on preaching then the condition of Dalit Christians, who are wounded sheep of this fold, will improve their condition and they will have better opportunity in their lives. 

Mr. France says that the church authorities have best educational institutions in India. There are about four to five per cent Christian population in India but churches have hold on around twenty two per cent (22%) of educational institutions and thirty per cent (30%) of health care. Next to government, the churches are the biggest land owners in India. In spite of having enough facilities with the church yet Dalit Christians’ condition is deteriorating. There are fifteen per cent (15%) Dalit Christians in the cities and forty per cent (40%) Dalit Christians in the rural areas are illiterate in spite of having best convent schools in the church. Thousand of Tribal girls are forced to do the work as Aaya in the rich families. These girls are coming from Tribal areas where there are no job opportunities. These girls (Aayas) are physically molested and mentally tortured. 
Churches are not taking enough care of these girls. In Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) alone, in spite of less Christians population, catholic church have crores of rupees and enough means to provide better education and job to Dalit Christians. In Madhya Pradesh the church have more then one hundred and fifty (150) High schools and half of them are convent schools. In Bhopal alone catholic church have the property, movable and unmovable, worth of more than six hundred crores (600) yet Christians’ condition is not improved. The church property and money are being used by the authorities as they wish.

Source: FPR

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